Check-In! Using the Mood Meter at Home
How are you feeling? How are you feeling right at this moment? How are the people in your family feeling? Experiencing multiple emotions is normal, and when we are in the midst of tumultuous times, these feelings intensify. In your child's classroom, they have been introduced to a Mood Meter. Using the Mood Meter at home is a great start for family conversations around feelings that help build emotional skills.
The Mood Meter is a tool for building self-awareness, the ability to identify emotions, as well as awareness of the feelings of others. You plot your feelings using the two axes, pleasantness, and energy. You're able to take a look and say, "I feel very intensely pleasant. I'm really feeling pleasant now and I have a lot of energy about it". This would place your feelings in the yellow quadrant.
While you have breakfast or before you leave for school ask your child where he/she finds themselves on the meter and share your own feelings. Then, when they return from school ask them again to plot their position on the Mood Meter. Check-in again in the evening at dinner or before bed. Remember that while some emotions may be uncomfortable, there are no ‘bad’ emotions, all feelings are ok!